Monday, September 10, 2012
Player of the Week: Big East
By Matt Fortuna
When you have more receiving yards than any FBS player in Week 2, you have a pretty good chance of earning recognition within your conference.
When you set a school single-game record -- and when you score the game-winning touchdown to complete a big comeback on the road -- that seals the deal.
Andre Davis had 12 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns in South Florida's 32-31 win Saturday at Nevada. His 12 catches trailed only Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro's 13 this weekend. The 191 receiving yards were 27 more than any other FBS player in Week 2, and they marked a school single-game record, beating Clif Dell's 1997 mark of 149 yards in USF's first-ever game.
Davis helped the Bulls overcome an 11-point deficit with less than three minutes remaining. With 38 seconds to go, he hauled in the game-winning 56-yard catch — a career-long — from B.J. Daniels in tight coverage that was eventually flagged. Davis' 51-yard score in the first quarter got USF on the board after falling behind 14-0 early. It was the kind of win that USF could never seem to pull out last season, when it lost five games by a touchdown or less.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Davis had one catch for 13 yards in Week 1, and as a freshman last season saw extended time down the stretch. But he never recorded more than four catches or 62 yards in a game.
Every bit of Davis' breakout performance was needed Saturday for the Bulls to beat the Wolf Pack, and now they go into their Big East opener with Rutgers boasting something the Scarlet Knights don't yet have: A go-to receiver.